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CVA Weekly Newsletter
April 24, 2013

  1. Book Review – part 1 of 2
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  3. Survey on Veg Eating in Costa Rica
  4. Veg. T-Shirts

1. Book Review – part 1 of 2
This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology by Will Anderson, 2012, Earth Books, 368 pp, $22.95. GO to:
In this is a remarkable book, Will Anderson carefully, thoroughly makes an overwhelming case that the future of humanity hangs in the balance. And what will tip that balance one way or another will be whether or not humanity embraces a broad ethic of environmental responsibility and animal rights. Humans must radically alter their ecological footprint by reversing population growth, living sustainably with renewable resources, and minimizing pollution. Otherwise, we will degrade the environment to the point that the world will become essentially uninhabitable for us (as well as countless other species).
At the same time, we must embrace animal rights. It won’t suffice for humans to ruthlessly exploit nonhumans while “conserving” enough animal, plant, mineral, and fossil fuel “resources” to satisfy human needs. In addition to being morally bankrupt, such an attitude inevitably devastates ecosystems and species populations. Only respectful attitudes towards the entire nonhuman world will preserve or regenerate natural ecosystems, which are essential for sustaining life as we know it. For example, if we allowed forests and grasslands that have been converted to croplands to grow back, they would sequester much of the excess carbon dioxide that currently warms our planet.
Anderson thoughtfully considers many ethical dilemmas. Is it acceptable to kill members of prey species because their populations have been altered by “predator control” programs? Anderson carefully considers all viewpoints and concludes that killing animals is an unacceptable solution to the problem. Should we respect the hunting traditions of indigenous people? Anderson rejects these policies as well, noting that we do not regard “tradition” as an acceptable excuse for slavery or female genital mutilation, and we should not accept it as an excuse for killing nonhumans either.
Next week, I will discuss Anderson’s call for “green vegan” living.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Living as Disciples of Jesus

3. Survey on Veg Eating in Costa Rica
My name is Maite, and I am a vegan. I am from Spain but currently living in Costa Rica, where I am working on my thesis on vegetarian tourism in Costa Rica, and I need some help. I am looking for vegetarians/vegans/rawfoodists who have been to Costa Rica to complete this short, anonymous survey.
Here is the link:

4. Veg. T-Shirts
Paula Sandin writes: My sister and I were both healed from a litany of “incurable” illnesses, primarily by eating plant-based, whole foods and are now both very happy vegans. In response to our renewed wellness, we developed a new start-up business called “A Litttle Light” (to spread a little more light in the world). It is an on-line business selling inspirational tee shirts, including those that inspire compassionate eating.
The link to our website is www.alitttlelight.com. Simply click on the Our Tees tab and choose Foodies from the drop-down to see the shirts.  

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